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Addendum to DepEd Order No. 3, S. 2016 (Hiring Guidelines For Senior High School (SHS) Teaching Positions Effective School Year (SY) 2016-2017)

May 26, 2016

DepEd Order No. 32, s. 2016

Addendum to DepEd Order No. 3, S. 2016 (Hiring Guidelines For Senior High School (SHS) Teaching Positions Effective School Year (SY) 2016-2017)

To: Undersecretaries
Assistant Secretaries
Bureau and Services Directors
Regional Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Public Elementary and Secondary School Heads
All Others Concerned

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1. The Department of Education (DepEd) hereby issues this Addendum to DepEd Order No. 3, s. 2016 (Hiring Guidelines for Senior High School [SHS] Teaching Positions) to supplement and clarify provisions of the said Order.

2. Pursuant to Republic Act 10533, Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular (CSC MC) No. 03, s. 2001 (Revised Policies on Merit Promotion Plan), DepEd Order (DO) No. 29, s, 2002 (Merit Selection Plan of the Department of Education), and other relevant issuances, the following provisions of the said Order are hereby reiterated, modified and/or deleted, as follows:

A. Legal Basis

As provided in RA 10533 as well as its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), DO No. 43, s. 2015, the DepEd shall hire, as may be relevant to the particular subject:

(a)Graduates of science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, music and other degree courses with shortages in qualified Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) applicants to teach in their specialized subjects in the elementary and secondary education. Qualified LET applicants shall also include graduates admitted by foundations duly recognized for their expertise in the education sector and who satisfactorily complete the requirements set by these organizations: Provided, that they pass the LET within five (5) years after their date of hiring: Provided, further, that if such graduates are willing to teach on part-time basis, the provisions of LET shall no longer be required;

(b)Graduates of technical-vocational courses to teach in their specialized subjects in the secondary education: Provided, that these graduates possess the necessary certification issued by TESDA: Provided, further, that they undergo appropriate in-service training to be administered by the DepEd or higher education institutions at the expense of the DepEd;

(c)Faculty of HEIs be allowed to teach in their general education or subject specialties in the secondary education: Provided, that the faculty must be a holder of a relevant Bachelor’s degree, and must have satisfactorily served as a full-time HEI faculty; and

(d)The DepEd and private education institutions may hire practitioners, with expertise in the specialized learning areas offered by the Basic Education Curriculum, to teach in the secondary level: Provided, that they teach on part-time basis only.

B. Definition of Terms

The following terms and definitions are added to Item III (Definition of Terms) of DO 7, s. 2016:

Track – refers to the specific program in SHS a learner may choose based on his/her interests and aspirations. SHS has four (4) tracks, namely: Academic, Technical-Vocational Livelihood, Arts and Design, and Sports. A track is further classified into strands.

Strand – refers to the specialized curricular offerings under a particular track.

Industry – the aggregate of manufacturing, business and commercial activities and productive enterprises in a particular field, often named after its principal product (e.g. the agriculture industry, the food industry). Applied and specialized SHS subjects relate to specific industries.

C. Basic Policies

It is reminded that the following rules and regulations must be strictly observed:

I. Consideration for promotion of qualified employees with pending administrative case shall be pursuant to Section 42, Rule 8 of CSC Resolution No. 1101502 dated November 8, 2011;

II. Promotion within six (6) months prior to compulsory retirement shall not be allowed except as otherwise provided by law;

III. All qualified next-in-rank employees in the organizational unit where the vacancy exists shall be automatically considered candidates for promotion to the next higher position; and

IV. Performance Rating

a. For appointment by promotion, the performance rating of the appointee for the last three (3) rating periods prior to the effectivity date of the appointment should be at least Very Satisfactory; and
b. For appointment by transfer, the performance rating for the last three (3) rating periods immediately preceding the transfer from the former office should be at least Very Satisfactory.

D. Announcement of Vacancies

The last two (2) sentences of Item IV.3 of DO 3, s. 2016 shall be deleted and replaced with the following:

The publication of a particular vacant position shall be valid until filled but not to extend beyond six (6) months reckoned from the date the position was published.

In the issuance of appointments, the requirement for publication is deemed complied with if the process of application and screening started within six (6) months from publication and if the vacancy is filled not later than nine (9) months from date of publication.

Should no appointment be issued within the nine (9)-month period, the agency has to cause the republication of the said vacant position.

E. Evaluation and Selection Committees

The following provisions are added to Item VI (Evaluation and Selection Committees) of DO 3, s. 2016:

I. Composition of the Personnel Selection Board (PSB)

In the evaluation of SHS teacher-applicants who are already with the DepEd, the PSB per DO 66, s. 2007 is hereby expanded to include either:

a. An authorized representative of a duly-accredited or –recognized organization/industry proficient and knowledgeable in the track/learning area needed in the evaluation of Academic track/core subjects applicants; or
b. An Education Program Supervisor/Specialist for the subject area needed in the evaluation of TVL, Arts & Design, and Sports tracks applicants.

II. Functions and Responsibilities:

a. The SDO shall prepare a “Disclosure of No Relationship Form,” which PSB and Division Selection Committee (DSC) members shall accomplish. In the event that a PSB or DSC member is related to an applicant by consanguinity or affinity, he/she shall inhibit himself/herself from the evaluation and deliberation of the particular applicant’s qualifications;
b. Only quorum (50%+1) of the DSC is required to proceed with the evaluation and deliberation process; and
c. The PSB shall evaluate and deliberate en banc.

F. English Proficiency Test (EPT)

In reference to Item VII.6 (English Communication Skills), it is clarified that those who have taken the English Proficiency Test in 2014 or later may opt not to retake the test. The Division Testing Coordinator shall request from the Bureau of Education Assessment (BEA) the official scores of applicants who declared that they have taken the EPT in 2014 or later.

G. Contractual Appointments

It is clarified that contractual appointments are governed by Civil Service Law and policies (Sec. 2(e), Rule III of CSC Memorandum Circular No. 40, s. 1998, as amended).

H. Certification for the Appointment of Non-LET Passers

In cases where the appointment of a qualified non-LET passer is to be submitted to the CSC, the Schools Division Superintendent shall personally certify that:

I. Qualified LET passers from the division’s Registry of Qualified Applicants (RQA) per DO 3, s. 2016 have been exhausted; and that the appointee(s) is/are qualified per DO 3, s. 2016;

II. Efforts to recruit, screen, and select appropriate candidates have been fully exerted; and

III. There are highly meritorious and justifiable reasons cited to support such appointment.

The certification shall be submitted to CSC in support of pertinent appointment documents. Enclosed is a template for the said certification.

I. Protest Procedures

Pursuant to Item 2 of CSC MC No. 4, s. 2010 dated February 8, 2010, a protest on appointment shall no longer be acted upon through the grievance machinery. The same shall be initially appealed to the appointing authority who issued the appointment, then to the Civil Service Commission Regional Office, and then to the Civil Service Commission Proper. Hence, Part XIII (“Grievance and Protest Procedures”) shall be modified as such, with the term “Grievance” deleted.

J. Effectivity

The following statements are added to Item XIV (Effectivity) of DO 3, s. 2016:
The Hiring Guidelines for SHS teaching positions effective SY 2016-2017 enclosed in DO 3, s. 2016 and this addendum thereto shall take effect immediately after approval of the CSC Regional Office.
All other subsequent amendments to said hiring guidelines shall be submitted to the CSC Regional Office, for approval.

K. Commitment

The DepEd commits to implement and abide by the provisions of the Hiring Guidelines for SHS Teaching Positions Effective SY 2016-2017 enclosed in DO 3, s, 2016 and this addendum thereto.
It is understood that said Hiring Guidelines and this addendum thereto shall be the basis of expeditious action on appointments.

A portion for the approval/signature of the CSC Regional Director should also be provided therein.

3. All other Orders, Memoranda, and other related issuances inconsistent with this Order are deemed modified accordingly effective immediately.

4. Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance with this Order is directed.



Director IV, CSC-NCR

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5 thoughts on “Addendum to DepEd Order No. 3, S. 2016 (Hiring Guidelines For Senior High School (SHS) Teaching Positions Effective School Year (SY) 2016-2017)”

  1. Hi, I applied for SHS teaching position last February 2016 with a degree in BS ECE with units in education and garnered 61.4 pts . Then, I was not a LET passer since the board exam for 2016 will be held on March 20, 2016. When the Rank result was released I am still waiting for the result of the board exam. Thankfully I was able to pass the LET. My question is, can I still update my application and have a chance to be accepted this school year?

  2. Sir: I don’t know if after reading several times the very first memo released and the recently one if there is a portion where a BSEE graduate and Graduate Certificate in Language Teaching holder is really disqualified to teacher in the SENIOR HIGH?


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